One of the many appeals of Boston is the rich history this city has around every corner. When I first came up to Christchurch along Boston’s Freedom Trail, I could sense the historic nature of this place, feel the past souls that had walked through it’s doors, sat in it’s pews waiting for guidance and meaning to their lives in this new land.
You can’t help but notice the immediate difference this place has from other churches, the boxed in pews. It almost seems like a religious maze.
I then saw these little metallic boxes in each pew, looking like you would place a candle in them to have light in your pew on dark days. Luckily my curiosity was explained by the tour guide. Boston is a cold place in wintertime, and the metallic boxes were filled with hot coals, and then placed inside the pews for warmth. The pews were built in this way to keep the patrons of the church service warm during the sermon. Fascinating.
On the grounds outside Christchurch, I found one of Paul Revere’s lanterns hanging on a wall, overlooking a memorial set up to honor Boston’s bravest men and women that had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, fighting for freedom in America’s wars.
It was a very humbling experience to be in the birthplace of America’s freedom, next to the dog tag’s of those that had lost their lives defending that ideal.
A few blocks away, I also stumbled my way to the Trinity Church in Boston. Founded in 1733, this place is still a parish to almost 4,000 households. It is ranked among the top ten churches in America for it’s architecture.
From the beautiful artwork outside, to the golden dome and stain glass windows inside, it is a marvel to see. The location is also interesting, as modern day Boston surrounds this old place on all sides. It is a refuge for those looking to find some peace and quiet.